Concert "Violins of Hope"

Concert “Violins of Hope” at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco May 5th 2013

After over 60 years of silence, violins that belonged to Jewish musicians and have been found almost completely destroyed in the inferno of the Second World War will come alive at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco during a unique concert with the participation of the exceptional and renowned Israeli Violin Virtuoso, Shlomo Mintz and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Monaco.

PROGRAM

Concert and Gala dinner organized in favor of Brain and Environmental researches at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

G.GELMETTI - KE’EV (world premiere of the work for the occasion)

E.BLOCH - BAAL SCHEM for violin and orchestra

C.ASKIN - AVINU MALKEYNU, Arrangement for violin, cello and orchestra

P.I. TCHAIKOVSKY - CONCERTO FOR VIOLIN

L.V. BEETHOVEN - FITH SYMPHONY

 

The story of the Violins

“Violins of Hope” is a story of contrasts: of sadness and joy, of darkness and light, of despair and hope. It’s a legacy of a lost generation rescued from oblivion. A fascinating voyage of a man who searched the entire world to find the instruments of people that had lost their lives in the Second World War. It took Amnon Weinstein, Master Violin Maker of Tel Aviv, more than 16 years of iron perseverance to bring these instruments and their forgotten histories back to life. Today their sounds are a bright flame and inspiration to their successors.

Personal stories

Many personal stories were collected. Violins that saved lives and violins that were lost. Violins that tell a story of revenge and violins that remain silent, having disappeared without a trace. In this painful chapter of history these instruments played a role that was never shared in the past. Amnon Weinstein felt that it was time to make the voice of a lost generation heard.

A labor of dedication and love

So far Amnon Weinstein has restored 26 violins. Many of them were played in concentration camps and ghettos. There are violins used by Klezmer musicians that are dating back to the early 19th century. Most of them were in terrible condition and needed extensive time and perseverance: a true labor of dedication and love.

 

About Shlomo Mintz

Shlomo Mintz is one of the main actors in the "Violins of Hope" project together with violinmaker Amnon Weinstein.

Critics, colleagues and audiences regard Shlomo Mintz as one of the foremost violinists of our time, esteemed for his impeccable musicianship, stylistic versatility and commanding technique alike.

Mr. Mintz regularly appears with the most celebrated orchestras and conductors on the international scene and is heard in recitals and chamber music concerts all around the world. He also frequently performs as a violist with leading chamber ensembles as well as in recitals.

Shlomo Mintz is the recipient of several prestigious music prizes including the Premio Accademia Musicale Chigiana, the Diapason D’Or, the Grand Prix du Disque, the Gramophone Award and the Edison Award. Since 2004 he is recording for AVIE Records, London.

Born in Moscow in 1957, he immigrated with his family two years later to Israel, where he studied with the renowned Ilona Feher. At age eleven, he made his concerto debut with the Israel Philharmonic. He made his Carnegie Hall debut at age sixteen in a concert with the Pittsburgh Symphony, and subsequently began his studies with Dorothy DeLay at the Juilliard School of Music.

At age eighteen, Shlomo Mintz added the role of conductor to his artistic endeavours; since then he has conducted acclaimed orchestras worldwide, and became Music Advisor of the Israel Chamber Orchestra and Artistic Advisor and Principal Guest Conductor of the Maastricht Symphony and Zagreb Philharmonic (2008-2010).

Shlomo Mintz has been a patron and one of the founders of the Keshet Eilon International Violin Mastercourse in Israel until 2011, and gives master classes worldwide.

He has been a jury member of several important international competitions including:  the Tchaikovsky, Competition in Moscow and the Queen Elisabeth International Music,  Competition in Brussels. He was President of the Jury of the International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition in Poznan, Poland, and President of the Jury of the Sion Valais International Violin Competition in Switzerland (2002-2012).

He currently acts as President of Jury at Munetsugu Angel Violin Competition in Nagoya, Japan, (since 2007), and Buenos Aires International Violin Competition and Festival (since July 2010), and is an artistic/music director of Crans Montana International Music Festival, Switzerland.